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  "The Revolutionary Theatre must Accuse and Attack anything that can be accused and attacked.  It must kill any God anyone names except common Sense." 

-Amiri Baraka
1965

Monday, January 25, 2010 at 8pm
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

a one-night-only staged reading of
 
GUANTANAMO:
Honor Bound to Defend Freedom

by Gillian Slovo
Directed by Megan Callahan

Starring Richard Satterwhite, Chris Corporandy, Afrim Gjonbalaj, Dinash Lal, Ferdinand Lewis, and Christopher Standart*

This event is sponsored by: 
WNY Peace Center, CodePink Buffalo, and Buffalo's Peace, Justice, Anti-War Coalition (PJAW)
ADMISSION: Donation Only
(all proceeds go to PJAW)

The Performance will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:
Charlie Bowman, of the WNY Peace Center
Howard William Henry, Jr. of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Victoria Ross, Peaceful Conflict Resolution Coordinator for WNY Peace Center

     To benefit Buffalo's Peace, Justice, Anti-War (PJAW) Coalition, Subversive Theatre is holding a staged reading of Gillian Slovo's docu-drama play GUANTANAMO: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, with selections from Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak, compiled and edited by Marc Falkoff.  The play focuses on four British citizens who were held at Guantanamo and contains the prisoners' real life words about their experiences there right up until their release.
     The testimonials of these former Guantanamo detainees -- Wahab al-Rawi, Moazzam, Ruhel Ahmed, and Jamal al-Harith -- will be brought to life by a talented Buffalo cast, as they recount their days before and during their incarcerations.  Donald Rumsfeld even makes an appearance, along with several key lawyers, policy makers and other important figures regarding the unlawful detainments. 
     Authored by activist Gillian Slovo -- who is the daughter of South African Communist Party and ANC Leaders Joe Slovo and Ruth First -- this play has been used to raise awareness about the Guantanamo Prison all over the country with staged readings that have involved internationally renowned human rights activist such as Desmond Tutu and many others. 
     In light of President Barak Obama's recent announcement of plans to close the facility at Guantanamo and his continued ambiguous policy about what is to be done with the current detainees, this docu-drama sadly continues to have considerable relevance.  For the first time, this reading will be teamed up with poems written by the actual detainees at Guantanamo, which only made it to publication through the work of hundreds of volunteer lawyers and paralegals.
     Directed by Megan Callahan, this staged reading features the acting talents of Richard Satterwhite, Chris Corporandy, Afrim Gjonbalaj, Dinash Lal, Ferdinand Lewis, and Christopher Standart. 
     Our presentation will be followed by a panel discussion addressing multiple human rights issues featuring Buffalo activists Charlie Bowman, Howard Henry, and Victoria Ross, who have all been involved in the national campaign to close Guantanamo.
     The reading will be presented by the Subversive Theatre Collective on Monday, January 25 at 8:00pm in the Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of the Great Arrow Building in North Buffalo.   The event is sponsored by the WNY Peace Center, CodePink Buffalo, and the Buffalo Peace, Justice, Anti-War (PJAW) Coalition.  All proceeds benefit PJAW.
     For more information, give us a call at 716-408-0499.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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